Friday, January 28, 2011

A New Standard for the Debate

N.T. Wright makes the following critical comment about true worship:
Worship and mission are conjoined twins. They share a heart: the heart that loves God the triune creator and that loves, for his sake, the world he made and (particularly) the creatures that bear his image. (After You Believe, pg. 220)
So, all true worship leads outward. It doesn't stop with me, especially not inside of me.

If you follow his logic, that means if I have really been worshipping God other people, including strangers, should be able to tell. They should be able to tell because my character and countenance is different from those who are not worshippers of God. I should be reflecting Jesus to others in all kinds of ways.

If this becomes our standard, the worship debates have really changed. We have moved far away from the debates about music style, sermon length and dress codes, haven't we?

What do you think about all this?

What would it look like if we measured a worship service by the quality of love and mission for others it produced instead of some other measurement about how we feel or the things we prefer?

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